This week pupils joined in with thousands of children across the UK to take part in International Walk to School Month, with help from local homebuilder Barratt Homes Northampton. We have teamed up with the developer, which has supported the campaign by donating 50 hi-visibility vests for pupils to wear on their way to and from school during October, which is Walk to School Month, and throughout the rest of the year.

Did you know? Despite the average distance to a pupil’s primary school being one mile, more than half of school children do not walk to school regularly, with 52% driven to school in cars or by other means (National Travel Survey 2016).

Whilst walking to school is not always possible, it does benefits children and their parents by increasing exercise and saving money on fuel, and it can even increase social interaction with other families who choose to walk to school and prevent stress by not driving during the rush hour.

Andrew Swindell, Managing Director for Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: Fairfields Primary School is part of our Milton Keynes development Fairfields, so as families move into their new homes it is important for us to support International Walk to School Month and encourage families to stay safe while walking to and from school.

“By offering pupils a helping hand and donating hi-visibility vests they should be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as the dark nights draw in.”